Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A trip down memory lane and a giveaway


When I was growing up our cereal of choice was Cheerios. Now when I say by choice I mean my mother's choice. She felt it was the best cereal for us to eat and so eat it we did. And on occasion we got a sliced banana in our cheerios. Now that flavor I liked but the texture was an issue for me, with the banana, milk, and cheerios in one bite. So I really wish that they had this new type of cheerios when I was a kid because it would have solved all of that for me. Because that new flavor is Banana Nut Cheerios, and I was given the opportunity to get a sample of it and let me tell you it is good. So good that I had to hide it from P because that is one his favorite flavors. Why would I hide it from him you ask because as soon as I tasted it I knew what I wanted to make with it. And If I didn't hide it I would have maybe 1/2 a cup of cereal left and that wouldn't do me any good. Because these cereals bars were good, really good and I have Grace to thank for the inspiration!


So I get the opportunity to give away 3 gift boxes which include everything below except the fruit! You will receive the loaf pan, 2 cereal bowls, a coupon for a free box of Banana Nut Cheerios, and the Fruit basket. All you have to do is post a comment about what you would make with the fantastic Banana Nut Cheerios or how you would eat them! The Giveaway will end February 27th at noon CST and please leave a way for me to contact you in your comment.



Peanut Butter Banana Cheerio Bars

¾ cup of peanut butter
2 tablespoons of butter
10.5 oz of mini marshmallows
6 cups of Banana Nut Cheerios
½ cup of banana chips, broken into pieces

Spray a 13x9 pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. In a microwave safe bowl place the marshmallows, butter, and peanut butter. Microwave for 1 minute and then stir, keep microwaving in 15 second intervals until all of the marshmallows have melted. Add in the cheerios and stir to combine and spread in the pan in a even layer. Immediately top with the banana chips and press them into the cheerios. Let them cool completely in the pan and then cut into squares.



29 comments:

  1. Cheerios, a true classic! I need to try the banana ones!! Great giveaway!

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  2. I think they'd be good in a banana bread!

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  3. I would eat the cereal for breakfast! Yum!

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  4. Man those sound good! I love all types of cheerios and add banana often so with these I wouldn't have to! I would give these to my 1 year old as well as make the bars you listed.

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  5. I have these right now and I am loving them. I love anything banana.

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  6. I would have a big bowl for breakfast--with milk and maybe a few sliced bananas on top. I am looking forward to trying this cereal. It sounds delicious...

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  7. I just saw an ad for this new flavor
    I would keep it simple just a big bowl and milk!!

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  8. This is just a really interesting recipe. I might like to give it a try. I also like to top my yogurt with cereal. Yum!

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  9. yum! those bars look amazing.

    i would probably eat it in plain yogurt, with sliced banana and some walnuts, for breakfast.

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  10. Mmm, what yummy sounding bars! When I was little, we used to smash our cheerios and then hold a strong magnet over them--you can see the iron from the cheerios gravitate toward the magnet! Love the recipe!

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  11. banana and peanut butter is one of my ultimate favorite combos!! I LOVE this combination!! thanks!!!

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  12. Yummy! Would have to introduce the "Cheerios necklace" to the kids and munch away on them (the necklaces not the kids) throughout the day!

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  13. Oh the new cherrios sound so yummy-anything banana is for me! I can't wait to make the bars! The cereal would be just fine for me with sliced banana of course.

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  14. My favorite way to eat them is to slice strawberries on them, add milk and that's a great bowl of cereal!

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  15. UMM...obviously with a great big bowl of chocolate milk and extra sliced bananas to go with it :)

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  16. Katie, what a great snacking cake. Bananas and peanut butter. Worthy of an Elvis thumbs up!

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  17. I love anything banana flavored. When we go to our mall...I actually go to those gumball machines and get just the banana runts! lol

    Love what you did with the cereal!

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  18. i think the bars are so much better than the cereal alone, and i'm thrilled that you followed my lead. now that you've done it, i think banana chips would be a great addition--very nice!

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  19. I love cheerios - honey nut and multigrain and plain ole cheerios are my favorite. I actually had a bowl of multigrain cheerios for breakfast. Banana nut cheerios? Such a wonderful combination! I wonder if I can get some of those here in the UK...

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  20. I'm a classic cereal and milk kind of girl.

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  21. I think I would try them in a cookie recipe.

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  22. I would make a trail mix for my daughter with them. She loves "nana's" so this would be a hit with her!

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  23. I love using cereal as a topping for ice cream!

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  24. I also love cereal on ice cream.

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  25. I was very fortunate to have ate a few of the Banana Cheerio bars and they were amazing!(I work with P) I would add dried fruit slices for a healthy snack. You have amazing talent, I'm sure I will be seeing you on the Food Network real soon!
    Thank you for all you wonderful dishes that you make. We all love it!!!!

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  26. My kids would love these, I will have to look for it in the stores here :) The fruit basket would be nice too, as I just toss our fruit on the counter and hope for the best ;) Or it gets eaten, whichever comes first.

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  27. I'd mix them with some dried banana chips and other dried fruit, nuts and maybe even dip some in chocolate to make my own trail mix. Or crush them up and serve on top of ice cream. Yum!

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  28. Wow, I don't know if I could top your recipe! We used to make those pb & cheerio bars to take to school parties. (And it has been waaay too long since I last ate them!)

    I wonder how these would taste tossed in with the nuts in some peanut brittle? Or as crunchy toppers for banana-nut muffins? Or as part of a banana-nutty-chocolatey trail mix?

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  29. I love this cereal too! I would feed it to my kids and attempt your recipe too!

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